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Earlier this month, Venn Gallery represented artist Kate McMillan produced a solo exhibition, The Potter’s Field, at ACME Project Space. The body of work was the culmination of her three-month Australia Council for the Arts London Residency at the prestigious ACME Studios in East London, UK.

The Potter’s Field offered London audiences an insight into the research and experiments undertaken during the artist’s residency. It included a new two-channel film entitled Don’t you remember the darkroom?, as well as an accomanying sound work and series of sculptural and photography works, which collectively explored how objects can function as memory triggers and evoke the relationship between landscape and memory.

In developing this body of work, McMillan investigated sites loaded with personal symbolism and that pertained to some of her earliest memories, such as a naturally occurring clay field next to her childhood home. Once sourced, materials were manipulated by hand into forms that conjure anxiety and heaviness.

The UK based artist will return to Australia later in the year for several exciting projects. This includes the presentation of the final work for her PhD at John Curtin Gallery, Perth. She will also contribute two recent film works for group show, Momento Mori, at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth, as well as a major new solo exhibition, The Moment of Disappearance at Performance Space, Sydney, in November.

Image credits:

Kate McMillan, don't you remember the dark room? 2014, 2 channel HD film looped, sound, 6.30/23.00 minutes. Camera and editing: Deborah May and Kate McMillan. Image courtesy of the artist.
Kate McMillan, Plato's cave 2014, found clay, digital print on water colour paper, acrylic paint. Image courtesy of the artist.
Kate McMillan, Everything is beautiful, but ruined 2014, air drying clay, coat hanger, laminated ply, acrylic paint
. Image courtesy of the artist.